RIDE OR DIE | Latonya Williams, Instructor
Meet Latonya – our newest RIDE Instructor who officially joined our team this Fall in Vancouver. Latonya’s energy, passion and fire is inspiring and can be felt in each and every one of her classes. Since deciding to make teaching her goal, Latonya has shown incredible dedication and focus – we’re so excited to welcome Latonya!
Where did you grow up?
Can you remember your first RIDE class? How long did it take until you realized you wanted to become an Instructor?
Yes! Julie was my Instructor and the class was so killer I left stunned. It took a couple months (and recognizing Julie by her voice in public where I stopped to mention how awe-inspiring her class was and she firmly suggested I give it another shot) for me to go back. When I did, something clicked and I was hooked. It didn’t take long before I decided I wanted to be on that podium; I no joke called my whole family months before I auditioned to tell them what I wanted to do, and then I got to work.
How would you describe your teaching style?
High energy, passionate, and motivational with heavy heavy beats. I love dubstep/dance/house sprinkled in with some hip hop and throwbacks.
Best part of being an Instructor is…
Having an excuse to spend hours upon hours searching for music, and then getting to spin to it with a sick sound system.
Track you’ve had on repeat:
Steve Aoki and Bad Royale $4,000,000 featuring Ma$e and Big Gigantic
AM or PM rides?
Favourite way to sweat outside of RIDE?
How has becoming a RIDE instructor changed you?
It’s helped me to really find and connect with my voice.
Go-to quote or words to live by?
Your thoughts manifest your destiny; do not underestimate the power of positive thinking.
Who motivates you?
The Hunger Games
What’s your #1 life hack?
My genuine belief that everything will work out – helps me to not stress too much.
Where can we find you on a Saturday afternoon in the city?
I always start Saturdays off with a RIDE and then anything from lunch to breweries, shopping, just chilling or visiting the fam.
Any hidden or not so hidden talents?
Getting poked in the face with a twizzler on international television.
If you could brunch with any person (past or present), who would it be and why?
Oprah because I admire her journey and her voice and charisma. Ultimate girl boss.
Best memory since you joined RIDE?
My first Community RIDE. The adrenaline and excitement and love and support in the room that day was palpable.
#1 piece of advice for someone looking to have a killer RIDE?
Focus on your form and quiet other thoughts. Allow yourself the mental break and lose yourself in the music.
What has you stoked on life right now?
My new couch.
What does RIDE mean to you?
RIDE is where I UNLEASH and can’t wait to inspire others to do the same!